Media Buddy

Media Buddy

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.5.4
  • Total Downloads:
    21,386
  • Date Added:
    August 27, 2014
  • File Size:
    21.71MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    12
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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Ramka's Media Buddy offers several advantages over freeware media converters, especially if your PC has a CUDA-capable NVIDIA graphics card. Media Buddy can utilize your GPU's processing power for super-fast file conversion, especially with large files and high-quality formats. But ATi isn't left out of the mix, either: Media Buddy is also optimized to take advantage of your ATi card's codes, or your Intel CPU's built-in graphics' processing power. Media Buddy handles a wide range of audio and video formats, including HD formats. It also burns CDs and DVDs. Media Buddy is free to try, although the free trial version only converts 30 seconds of audio or three minutes of video. It runs in a wide range of Windows versions, from 2000 to 8. We tried it in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Media Buddy's user interface is similar in layout and style to other media converters we've tried, with some variations, though that's largely a case of form following function. The large main window displays files and buttons on the left side add and remove files and folders, and let you select output. Large "Pause" and "Start" buttons, a volume slider, and similar controls round out the control suite. We like the "Copy to iPad" button for fast file transfers. First we needed files to transfer. We recommend unchecking the box labeled "Start Conversion Immediately," until you've selected your Output Format from a drop-down menu since Media Buddy will start converting files as soon as you add them. Once you've got things set, you can recheck the box for extra speed.

We ran Media Buddy in PCs with Intel CPUs and both ATi and CUDA-capable NVIDIA graphics cards. While differences in each PC's performance and resources make comparisons difficult, there's no doubt Media Buddy works fast. The software's ability to tap your GPU's extra processing power can make a big difference, especially with large files or batches. Whether it's enough to put Media Buddy ahead of freeware with similar capabilities depends on your needs and your system. But if you have an ATi or a CUDA-enabled NVIDIA video card, Media Buddy is definitely worth a try.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Media Buddy 3.4.6.

 
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  • 5 stars

    "Faster conversions in 3.4.3 version"

    May 24, 2013   |   By radjmesh80

    Version: Media Buddy 3.4.3

    Pros

    I'm pleased with the latest 3.4.3 version. It converts large audio and video much faster than earlier versions (had 3.3.8 before). Highly recommend to download it. Media Buddy rocks!

    Cons

    Nothing so far

    Summary

    Media Buddy is a high class converter. Very good

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  • 5 stars

    "Converts small and large files, full HD movies. Great!"

    October 11, 2012   |   By Johnchen77

    Version: Media Buddy 3.3.8

    Pros

    This converter is a solid piece of software that provides very high quality and fast conversions. I've been using Media Buddy for a couple of years now, and I can say that it's completely fantastic! The program has never caused me any troubles and is an ideal converting software for those searching for an ultimate converter. Media Buddy has several device profiles and support a variety of formats (both audio and video). Using this program I've made thousands of conversions: large HD movies (1.5 GB and more), small mp3 audio tracks, audio podcasts and audio books, and so on. And what I always get is fine quality and swift performance + no negative issues or bugs that could cause my PC to crash or whatever. Great program

    Cons

    No problems with Media Buddy so far

    Summary

    One of the best converters I've tried. It's a powerful, solid and safe to use. I definitely recommend it to anyone!

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  • 1 stars

    "caused my laptop to overheat"

    September 26, 2012   |   By mikopet

    Version: Media Buddy 3.3.8

    Pros

    Converts small files such as mp3s without a problem

    Cons

    Converting large files (700MB) may destroy your computer through overheating

    Summary

    I purchased this product last week. When trying to convert a large file (1 gig) from divx to mp4, my 3 and a 1.2 year old laptop overheated for the first time. Foolishly, I tried to convert a large file again the next day, and my laptop overheated again. This time the damage was permanent; the laptop no longer booted. I had to send it to the manufacturer (Dell) to be repaired. When I contacted my credit card company to seek a refund for MediaBuddy, my credit card company informed me MediaBuddy had ALREADY REFUNDED the purchase. I assume MediaBuddy knows its product was flawed. Don't use it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good app esp. for converting music files"

    August 20, 2012   |   By ledgerrr

    Version: Media Buddy 3.3.8

    Pros

    Works well for all major converting needs: music, videos etc. Many file formats are supported. Conversions are speedy, no errors or bugs occurred. No change in quality, that's nice.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about

    Summary

    Simple, professional program. I like Media Buddy!

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to use did what we wanted it to do"

    July 29, 2012   |   By meistr69

    Version: Media Buddy 3.3.8

    Pros

    Ease of navigation, fast install and had the features we needed.

    Cons

    None at this time.

    Summary

    If you need to convert music files, this might be the app for you.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple to use, professional converter"

    July 18, 2012   |   By radjmesh80

    Version: Media Buddy 3.3.8

    Pros

    I like Media Buddy because it's simple in use, so I don't have to guess what is what in this converter. The functionality is divided by profiles for different types of conversions (aimed for the output device), which is convenient and useful. I also like that this converter supports many popular formats, as well as some 'rare'. The conversions are speedy. Media Buddy works smoothly and without any bugs.

    Cons

    Need to contact support for new license code each time when I reinstall my pc. Although such new license code is provided for free (because i've a purchased version), it's quite boring to having to write again and again each and every time something goes wrong with my PC

    Summary

    Media Buddy is great converter and worth the money paid. It's simple, works without any bugs.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fast performance, high quality output."

    April 25, 2012   |   By ledgerrr

    Version: Media Buddy 3.3.6

    Pros

    100% satisfied with my purchase. Found no flaws, MB works fine. Conversions are executed to a multitude of formats (unlike other converters I tried before)as advertised. Besides that the converting process is swift and the quality of output video & audio is high, nearly the same as original file. Overall 4.5 out of 5

    Cons

    Can't find any significant

    Summary

    Great software to convert audio and video files fast. Currently MB is the best option for me among the converters. Absolutely worth the money paid.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great converter. It really does what's advertised"

    April 24, 2012   |   By Johnchen77

    Version: Media Buddy 3.3.6

    Pros

    Supports conversions to iPhone compatible formats, as well as iRiver (have both of them, so that's very convenient). Also I'm happy about the quality of output audio - it looks like it's the same as original (quite impressive). However I haven't tried converting videos with Media Buddy yet, but I think the output will be also HQ.
    The conversions are fast, finishes conversions in a couple of sec. Works great!

    Cons

    No cons so far. Works as advertised.
    Once I had a question regarding the whole list of audio/video formats supported by this software. So I contacted their tech support and got a reply that very day.
    However another day their reply got into my spam folder, so I was angry with them thinking that nobody actually seen my mail. I then checked my spam and found their e-mail to me along with many other I've missed (got 5 of them). So no complaints at all, just my spam folder

    Summary

    High quality software. I would recommend it to a friend, and, well, anyone actually.

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  • 1 stars

    "No support available. Stay away."

    April 23, 2012   |   By PeterCutler

    Version: Media Buddy 3.3.6

    Pros

    None. Can't say anything positive about software that won't run.

    Cons

    Total lack of tech support.

    Summary

    The program is great and works as advertised. **HOWEVER** It doesn't appear that anyone looks at their tech support email account.

    I purchased and installed the software in January. It worked great and did exactly what i needed it to do. Unfortunately, a month ago the system it was installed on died. I replaced the system with a new one, and tried to install and activate Media Buddy on it. Media Buddy's registration system detected that the software had already been activated on a different system and would not allow be to activate it on the new computer.

    For the past three weeks, I've been attempting to contact tech support to come up with a solution. So far, I haven't heard a word from them.

    It doesn't seem that they support the software they sell.

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  • 5 stars

    "Useful software with convenient user-friendly interface"

    April 30, 2010   |   By Ed_Carrol

    Version: Media Buddy 1.2.0.1

    Pros

    A lot of output formats are supported. You don't even need to know the exact output format. It converts to iPad, iPhone, cell phones and smart phones, PSP and flash video etc. Conversion is extremely fast. Free 30 day trial.

    Cons

    No cons so far.

    Summary

    I am impressed with the quality of converted files and the conversion speed. The interface of the program is easy and there are no spare functions. I tried a lot of converters and Media buddy obviously is the best. Thanks to the developers!

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    What's new in version 4.5.4
    Version 4.5.4 is a maintenance release.
    General
    Publisher Ramka
    Publisher web site http://www.soundtaxi.org
    Release Date July 31, 2014
    Date Added August 27, 2014
    Version 4.5.4
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Converters
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows 8
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 21.71MB
    File Name MediaBuddy_4.5.4-Setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 21,386
    Downloads Last Week 12
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-second audio, 3-minute video output
    Price $19.99

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